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SNIPPETS

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  • All requested refunds for the cancelled day at the Dog Vegas show at Matlock (2nd May) will be issued this week.  (Show Snippets)

  • Closing date for the Milton Keynes Show on 25-26 June has been extended to 28 May 2016. (Show Diary)

  • Fred Welham, the man who made the first set of agility equipment  for the first Crufts demo has died. (Fred Welham Interview)

  • Dog Vegas has undergone some restructuring. The DV shows and the First Place Show Processing businesses will now be handled by Hazel Higgins and David Bew.  (Show Snippets)

  • The Kennel Club has announced the Agility Team GB squad for 2016. (Show Snippets)

  • Congratulations to Lintbell's, makers of YuMove and sponsors of the Agilitynet Winning Out Certificates, for their Queen's Award for Enterprise in Innovation. (Sponsorship News)

  • The 2016 Animal Health Company Classic Final will be held at The Autumn Food & Country Fair on the East of England Showground on 9th October. (Animal Health Co News)

  • Chipping Norton is looking for ring parties for their show in June.  (Show Diary)

  • Orchard will be issuing refunds for their Bank Holiday Monday show at Thame which was cancelled due to the weather. (Show Snippets)

  • Redgates has negotiated an additional field to use for both camping and an enlarged exercise area at their show. (Show Snippets)


NEWS & INFO

Golden Valley Finals
Report on the hard fought Great Western League and Starters League finals at Golden Valley on Sunday, 17th April.
Training & Education
Help needed developing a new instructor training course. Gemma Fisher has created a  short survey. Your thoughts would be welcome even if it's not something you feel would benefit you personally.
Kennel Club News
The Kennel Club is opening its doors to the public, offering free tours of it's new London headquarters situated on Clarges Street, Mayfair, W1.

Sponsorship News
Lintbell's, sponsors of the Agilitynet Winning Out Certificates, has received a Queen's Award for Enterprise in Innovation.

Qualifiers News
The Crystal Vision Large Agility competition will run along side the Adams Jumping Cup.

Training Places & Spaces
Starting a new group of beginners, looking for few competing handlers to fill your classes or needing a few people to fill a workshop or seminar? Email the details and we will post them for you.
  • KATS (Hants)

  • DB Dog Training (Norfolk)

  • Waverunners (West Sussex)

  • Whitedog Agility (E. Sussex)

  • Dickson DT (Glos)

Qualifiers News
Dogs, Camera, Action! 
Details of a very exciting agility photography competition, open to all, that Agria will be running at Hatton with first prize a Dog Tracker Nano!
Show Snippets
News in a little more depth from and about shows of every flavour of agility - KC, UKA and independent.
LOW 550
Starting in July 2016, there will be a new national jumping competition called LOW 550 for handlers wishing to compete in a prestigious qualifier at the same height as the Lower Height Option at Kennel Club Agility tests, sponsored by the SMART Clinic.
UKA News
UK Agility has re-issued the rules and regulations for the 2016 heats by competition along with the heats.

RESCUE US

Here are some of the latest arrivals but there are many more looking for active homes.

You can now add potential agility dogs direct, using the on-line form. This is a free to rescue organisations and private individuals!


E-VENTS

Events added in the last two weeks.

'The Agilitynet site has really helped me in the past to find training courses for me to attend. I have done training courses all over the country and thoroughly enjoyed them.' Marianne Tembey


SCHEDULES

Sorry but it's not be practical to list ALL the schedules available here for space reasons so we've opted for those that we've received in the last two weeks. The shows in red are closing this week so hurry hurry if you want to enter. Schedules can now be downloaded direct from the Show Diary page.

A Grade Change Form is available via a link on the front page of iSS


Attention: Show Organisers Click here to input your essential show details onto the iSS Show Diary.


QUALIFIERS & FINALS

There's an extra 'fun run' qualifier for every Grade level now, not just the Advanced dogs. You can find a qualifier to suit you by using the Qualifiers button on the Show Diary page. Don't be shy. Go for it!

The Animal Health Co Classic
The first two heats of the Animal Health Company Classic took place at The WBSDS show and Hatton Agility Festival. Unique to the competition is the Westcotts Water Jump,  which again created a splash or two.

Agria Pet Insurance Grand Prix
The first 2016 Agria heat took place at the Hatton Agility Festival. As runner-up in the same class in 2015, Julia MacLean nailed it this year!

Royal Canin® Agility Challenge
Results from the first two heats of the Royal Canine Challenge which took place at Severnside and Hatton.

Brillo International Bounce
The Brillo International Bounce Final will use jumps set at 450mm for Medium dogs and 350mm for Small dogs. Agria Pet Insurance will be providing the winner from each category a £400 voucher towards a ‘dog friendly’ break!

4th Height Jumping Cup
Judges Richard Ainscough, Iain Davey-Smith and Kevin Mackintosh share their thoughts on their heats at Golden Valley, Wallingford and Woodside. They are a tale of sunshine and snow and some great runs. Also including results of the Best ABC award, sponsored by the Lagotto Romagnolo Association and the Best Junior awards, sponsored by Tick Tock the 4th Height Dog. The 4th Height Jumping Cup is sponsored by DogFest.

Skinners Jumping Grand Prix
It's never easy achieving two clear rounds in a row at speed but the winners of the first Skinners Grand Prix at Chatsworth did just that and more in front of a huge audience.

Adams Qualifiers
The first Adams Derby was set up in 2001 by Chris and Sandra Adams. Over the years, they have added a Jumping Cup, Laser Pairs, Anysize Jumping and Junior Agility qualifiers to their repertoire.

SPECIALS

We Happy Few
Peter Lewis, one of the founding fathers of agility, relates what really happened behind the scenes at the first ever agility demonstration. Essential reading for anyone who loves agility.

Fred Welham Interview
Remembering Fred Welham, the man who made the first set of agility equipment out of some old wooden pallets, a door and some tunnel air vent piping for the very first 'dog jumping' demonstration at Crufts 1978.

The Bracco Italiano and Agility
The Bracco Italiano is a noble and ancient hunt, point, retrieve hound rarely seen in the agility ring... until now. Anne Brierley loves running her three and proved that they can work well despite distractions.

Caravan Maintenance
The caravan is one of the most expensive purchases in agility competitor's life. Dave Camble of Caravan Diagnostics, argues it's worth the extra money to do  regular checks to ensure comfort and reliability, keep up the re-sale value and guarantee the safety of you and your dogs.

Crufts 2016
This year marks the 125th Anniversary of Crufts and the atmosphere at the NEC was as frenzied as ever. We sent out our fearless reporters Penny Cockerill (Thursday) and David Elliott (Saturday) to watch, listen and report on the 'best dog show in world.'

Competition Nerves at Crufts
Our third reporter Kaye Medcalf talks to top competitors on the last day of the show about how they handle pre-competition stress.

Google
Talented Golden Retriever Google may have been a star of stage and screen and the classroom, but he was a unenthusiastic agility dog until, at least, he moved to the Lake District and found his mojo.

Dog Agility Therapy Autism
Blair Cochrane has created a very special therapy programme, combining his two passions - his love of dog agility with his day job of helping autistic children.


WANTED...

How can we help you find that elusive item you've been desperately seeking? Try a free 'want' ad. If you don't ask, you might not get.

Re: Brillo International Bounce

Could the following send an email please to Country Shows Agility at countryshowsagility@gmail.com  confirming their email address.

  • Wendy Swadlo

  • Dawn Garland

  • Abigail Phillips

  • Emma Greenshields

  • Angie Barrie


SENIOR AGILITY LEAGUE

Senior Agility League
If you are 55 or over, you are eligible to take part in the 2016 Senior Agility League. It's all a bit of fun.

Results of the 2015 SAL are now available. Congratulations to Jacky Orriss and the talented Oh Ted! for winning the overall title for the third year. What an amazing partnership.


REVIEWS

Agility Course Plans
Looking for some ideas for practicing in the garden or training at Club. Zeffrienne D’Ulivo-Rogers reviews Helen Anderson's new book which is chocked full of more than 250 suggestions for agility exercises and full size ring course plans .

The Adventures of Two Poodles & a Mouse
Gill Pipe reviews the delightful Adventures of Two Poodles and a Mouse. It's is a perfect gift for kids of all ages, not just poodle lovers. Based on two agility dogs and their little friend, it was written by an agility widower Wilfred (aka Derek) Cheek.

Wicked Hounds Recurve Sports Collar
Top competitor Lucy Osborne reviews this new collar designed by a vet and top agility competitor in Australia, specifically for performance dogs.

iFetch
Julie Tait kindly reviewed the iFetch automatic ball launcher for Agilitynet with the help of her dogs Alfie and Poppy. What fun they had!

Chaser Toys
Stacey Irwin-Burns reviews Chaser-Toys motivational bungee and non-bungee toys.


STANDARD FEATURES

In Memory
Sad news that Reg passed away on 28th April after a long battle with cancer. He was involved with agility from the early days and was one of the founders of Watford AC and Bushey K9.

Pic of the Week
A new use for cookies.

Judge's A-List
Newly qualified KC and UKA judges, please put your name forward for the Judge's A-List. Show secretaries will be booking shows for next year and it is a great way to get on the radar.

Last 10 judges to join or update their entries:-

  • David Isbister - updated

  • Charlotte Allen - updated

  • Laura Bentley

  • Neil Ellis - updated

  • Sharon Cann

  • Steve Fall

  • Ben Elsworthy

  • Suzanne Hall

  • Helen Walland - updated

  • Claire Hannaford (formerly Dell)

Paws for a Thought
Joan Hart learned something at a recent show - not to jump to conclusions. Watch and learn. Watch and learn.

Numb3rs
Dogs In Need will be celebrating 25 years of a very special show in August.

It's not rocket science but 550mm is the height of hurdles in the national Low 550 competition for dogs measuring 430mm at the withers. What's your lucky number?

Ever wonder about how many agility shows there are each year? We've analysed the Agilitynet Show Diary database - the way you do - and here's what we came up with.

Name

No. Shows

Invitation only

6

Irish Kennel Club

12

Kennel Club

266

NFC / Training

22

UKA

67

Unaffiliated

284

Other

9

Total**

666

** Not an omen but the sign of a healthy and buzzing agility scene!


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